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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

dcw3 Re:But, but, teh STEM talents!!! (275 comments)

The vast majority of H-1Bs are from India, followed by China at a fraction of the number. Should the U.S. be in the position of fixing India's problem with poor workers? If this was truly about getting highly talented workers that are not available in the U.S. these numbers wouldn't be so skewed toward a single country.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

dcw3 Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

even when not looking out of the window, they give you a visual link to the outside as a point of reference for your sense of motion. Being put in a small room that itself is moving is one of the best ways to induce nausea.

Works fine for most people on cruise ships, unless the seas are rough, and even then people eventually get their "sea legs". The exceptions would be people with inner ear issues, including illnesses, which would affect their balance.

3 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

dcw3 Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

The military and corporate planes have had rear facing passenger seats for ages. It certainly doesn't affect babies being carried in rear facing car seats. There's all kinds of safety reasons why this is a good idea, but I can't find anything substantial to back up your claim.

http://www.airspacemag.com/nee...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tra...

3 days ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

dcw3 Re:Wishful thinking (266 comments)

Why wouldn't the livestock supplies still at least be proportional to the surviving population? You seem to be making a lot of assumptions with nothing to back them up.

3 days ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

dcw3 Or, (57 comments)

They could have just asked NSA.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

dcw3 1.21 Gigawatts... (317 comments)

Obligatory Back to the Future reference.

4 days ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

dcw3 Re:Weight issues. (307 comments)

They've been aware of that issue since I was in back in the 70s. Don't know how it's handled these days, but back then, you'd just go to see the doctor, and get a waiver. It wasn't a big deal.

4 days ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

dcw3 Re:Why does the US army have "cyperwarriors"? (307 comments)

You're almost right, but...

The United States Cyber Command is a joint (all armed forces) operation. One guess where it operates.

4 days ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

dcw3 Re:Good luck with that. (554 comments)

Credit cards have explicit legal protections for consumers.

As do banks, just not the same protections. Your bank account is FDIC protected up to $250k. So, which has better protections, and why?

4 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

dcw3 Re:Not just women (570 comments)

Sure, I understand the difference. There's intentional and unintentional violations, and agree that they should be treated differently. And there's planned vs. in the heat of the moment rage.

I see your point, I guess I just disagree with the additional "enhanced sentence". Maybe because I grew up in the time of "sticks and stones", and having been bullied as a child I've grown some thick skin. Just my $.02.

Thanks for your input...I do appreciate opposing viewpoints.

about a week ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

dcw3 Re:Not just women (570 comments)

My missing mod points to you sir!

about a week ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

dcw3 Re:Not just women (570 comments)

"Here are some easy steps to avoid nasty trolls" is not victim blaming.

How about "Here are some easy steps to avoid nasty KKK"?

So, since we're onto the KKK discussion, I'm curious? While I despise them, I also am very much against banning free speech, and the idea of "hate crimes" still seems silly to me...something is a crime or it's not, we can't legislate hate IMO.

If the KKK wants to hold a parade down mainstreet, spewing their hatred, should it be illegal, and why? Opposing views would be welcome, as long as nobody was in-sighting a riot.

I see this as very similar to the whole online harassment issue, but with much more potential for physical violence.

Thoughts?

about a week ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

dcw3 False Comparison (570 comments)

Disclaimer: IANAL

You have the right not to be harnessed in the workplace. Companies don't like being sued for a "hostile workplace". But, you short of assault, or character assassination, you have little legal right to block someone from saying something to you or about you. There is no legal right to not be offended, but there is a constitutional right to free speech. And I understand that it's not an unlimited right, but to all of you PC types who want more limits on it...fuck you!

about a week ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

dcw3 Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

If you want to know the state of the art in visual recognition, you should look at military applications: robot soldiers and autonomous drones.

Not so much visual recognition as remotely controlled, or using GPS and waypoints.

about a week ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

dcw3 Re:Michael Jordan (145 comments)

I worked with Charlie Brown, Ronald McDonald, and Dick Tracy all at the same time. Luckily for them, nobody would mistake them for real people.

about a week ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

dcw3 Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

In FIOS areas, it's no longer possible to get a POTS landline.

Hmmm. My home, built in 2001, originally had a Verizon landline. FIOS has been available here for several years, but I never signed up for that (we use cable for everything else). When our power drops out, the old landline still works just fine. Are you saying that just new installations are affected?

about a week ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

dcw3 Underprivileged (291 comments)

OMG! I feel so second class now that I'm stuck using 65M DOCSIS. Whatever will I do? Really?!?

I was part of a telecommuting pilot program for our company back in the late 90s using dial-up. Digital bandwidth isn't everything. The largest resistance to accomplishing tasking was the frequent interruptions in the cube-farm in the office. So, even with a slow connection, I got much more accomplished from home.

Now, I'm "stuck" with the local cable company's slowest DOCSIS 3.0 at 65M. Our family stopped caring years ago. I'd gladly give up some if they'd charge me less.

about a week ago

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First (and last?) Entry

dcw3 dcw3 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So, who the hell wants to read this scrawl of mine, or that of any other unknown netizen? Why on earth would I want to put my random thoughts down here? Is this space really just a blog for my amusement? And just exactly how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop?...the world may never know! OOPS...http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/443

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